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Stonington man gets nearly 6 years in prison for RI bank robbery

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for robbing a bank in Rhode Island.

The Rhode Island U.S. attorney’s office announced Friday that 36-year-old Lawrence Sullivan of Stonington, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Providence for robbing a Washington Trust Co. branch in Westerly, Rhode Island, last September.

Sullivan pleaded guilty to bank robbery in March.

A bank teller told police that Sullivan demanded cash and threatened to start shooting if his demands weren’t met. The teller gave Sullivan just over $1,000.

Police in Groton found Sullivan at a motel hiding in a storage closet a day after the robbery.

At the time of the robbery, Sullivan had just finished a five-year prison sentence for robbing banks in Connecticut and Maine.

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